Why Does My Eye Keep Twitching? Here Are The Possible Causes

Aulia Hafisa
Eye illustration (Pixabay)
Eye illustration (Pixabay) - Everyone must have experienced eye twitching. This condition is usually caused by eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, stress, allergies, smoking, caffeine, or tobacco intake.

Eye twitching usually does not last long, but some occur for several days to weeks. Eye twitching should not last more than a few weeks.

If you experience persistent eye twitching for several weeks, you should consult the doctor.

If both eyelids close completely with every eye twitch, this could be a condition called blepharospasm.

"Blepharospasm is an abnormal twitching, which makes the eyelids experience spasmodic closing. This condition is caused by spasms of the orbicularis oculi muscle, the muscle that normally makes you blink," said Dr. Mary Lowth quoted from Express.

In addition, this condition is also caused by abnormal functioning of the basal ganglia in the brain. Optician Sharon Copeland adds that twitching of the eyelids can be an early warning sign of certain brain and nervous system disorders, such as:

  1. Parkinson's disease
  2. Cervical dystonia
  3. Dystonia
  4. Multiple sclerosis
  5. Tourette's Syndrome
  6. Oromandibular dystonia and facial dystonia

Eye twitching should be examined by a health professional if this condition lasts for several weeks and is accompanied by red or swollen eyes.

You are also advised to see a doctor if you experience chronic twitching that makes it difficult for you to open your eyes. Sharon Copeland added that any twitch of the eye on the face and other parts of the body should be investigated immediately. 

Sharon Copeland also has several recommendations for dealing with twitching eyes and getting rid of this uncomfortable sensation.

1. Allergies

Twitching eye illustration (Pixabay)
Twitching eye illustration (Pixabay)

As spring arrives, many people may experience eye irritation due to pollen flying in the air. Sharon said eye allergies release histamine into the eye, which causes swelling, irritation, itching, and sometimes twitching.

However, hay fever or pollen allergies are not the only culprits behind sensitive eyes. This condition could be due to a new cleaning product in your regime.

However, avoiding the use of these cleaning products is not enough to help overcome your twitching eyes.

2. Eye strain and dry eyes

Most people probably have spent a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or laptop screen during the Coronavirus pandemic. Using a laptop or computer for a long time can strain your eyes. Thus causing the eyes to feel sore, sensitive, and dry which can cause eye twitching.

Sharon recommends gentle eye massage, blinking during screen time, and visiting an optometrist to see how your eyes are.

In addition, he also suggests using eye drops to help restore moisture by producing artificial tears to stop eye twitching.

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